North Fork Race Photos!

First things first, I got a few more photos from the North Fork 50!!
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These beautiful flowers were all over the course!
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And I teared up AGAIN, when I saw this finish photo with Corrie!!!  Pure JOY!
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Alright…back to real life!

Wednesday:   Muggy morning miles with awesome friends!
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I took my Yeti to the smoothie shop so it wouldn’t melt so quickly.  It’s a thousand degrees in TN.
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My new Hungry Runner Girl tank arrived!!  Caroline and I enjoyed some sunshine on the front porch.
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The hubs is doing a juice cleanse this week.  Fun times in our house…lol!!
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Thursday:

Follow your arrow wherever it points—>
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I’m loving my joy tote from ED by Ellen!
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We had an awesome group for this week’s Brentwood Breakfast Club!
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It wouldn’t be BBC without breakfast.
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Nashville is finally getting on the acai bowl bandwagon…woohoo!  This beauty is from Juice Bar.
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My friend CB gave me a box of the new Skratch Cookie Mix, so I decided to bake cookies for the Fleet Feet Dirtbag Trail Mixer/Run.  The mix is really healthy.
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Of course I added toffee and mini chocolate chips making it a little less healthy.  🙂
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They turned out really well!
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We had a great time!!
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Except for my mosquito bites!
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Friday:
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I hit the gym..10.10 miles on July 10th seemed fun!  Followed by a smoothie. 🙂
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Have you seen the new chocolates at Starbucks?!!  This one is SO good!!!
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Today is the last day to enter my PRO Compression GIVEAWAY on Instagram!  Find this image and follow the directions….it’s super simple!
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Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate…rank from best to worst! Dark, White, Milk

Do mosquitos eat you up?!

Tell me about your pet(s)!! 

#choosejoy

Weekend Wrap-Up

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July!
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I’m pacing a fall marathon training group for Fleet Feet.  If you’re in the area, you should sign up to train with us!!  We had a really fun group for this week’s 12 miler!!
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This was also Day 1 of my NYC Marathon training!
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It was a super hot and humid run.  I looked like I had jumped in a pool, so this cold kiwi didn’t stand a chance when I got home!
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Nothing says America, like tex-mex for lunch!
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Jason and I went to downtown Franklin for their 4th of July festival.
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And, we picked up a coffee and the greatest homemade oatmeal cream pie from Honest Coffee!!!
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Sadly, we had big storms all night.  The local fireworks and grill-outs were cancelled.  We decided to go to Sunflower Cafe and I’m so glad we did.  Their vegan BBQ sliders were the bomb!
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Sunday:
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I had the gym to myself for a surprisingly good treadmill run.  My legs are still heavy from the North Fork 50 last weekend, so I stopped at 8 miles.  I’m not 100%, but grateful that my body has bounced back pretty quickly.
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I met Jason at First Watch for a fruit and oats breakfast.
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After rave reviews, I broke down and bought a Yeti mug.  Apparently they’re the greatest mug ever.  I’m curious to give it a try!
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Kindness is magic…so is coffee.
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The sun finally peaked out.  I got to enjoy our front porch while the patriotic swags were still up.
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We had dinner on the Burger Up patio…salad with a quinoa patty and rose to drink.  Perfect!
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How was your 4th?  Did anyone else have to cancel plans because of the rain?

Do you have any Yeti products?  Thoughts?

Are you running a fall marathon?  NYC?

Peak and Pit from the weekend?  Peak: A nice, low-key weekend!  Pit:  The rainy weather.

#choosejoy

Corrie’s 30 and My Race Goals

This seemed like an appropriate Friday post on my Instagram!
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I met up with the birthday girl for a 3.0 mile shakeout run to kickoff her 30th birthday!
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We joined our husbands for breakfast at Syrup.  I had the creme brûlée oatmeal with berries…yum!
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Denver has the second largest REI and it was within walking distance of our hotel.  We had to visit!
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I had a sweet tooth so we stopped by Milkbox.  I had the most delicious vegan rocky road ice cream!
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Then we just chilled in the room for the afternoon.  A) We needed to rest a little for Saturday’s race.  B) The altitude has left me feeling really nauseous.

The rest of our crew made it into town and we all got together for dinner!!  I love these friends so much and I’m so excited to have this adventure with them!
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Eat all of the carbs.
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We have a 1 hour drive to Pine, Colorado in the morning, so I made sure to lay everything out the night before.  Basically it’s lots of Cocogo, Picky Bars, Gu, Banana bread for breakfast, extra Swiftwick socks, Garmin 620, and dry clothes for the finish.  I’m only doing one drop bag, but I get the chance to use it twice on the course.
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Race outfit:
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My Goals for the North Fork 50k:

  • Stick with Corrie for her first ultra.  She chose this race to celebrate her birthday and run her first 50k.  It’s all about her!
  • Run my first race at altitude.  I’ve always struggled with altitude sickness during ski trips.  Running a 50k should be a challenge, but I’m excited to see how it goes.
  • No vomiting during the race.  Anyone that has suffered from altitude sickness knows this struggle.
  • Enjoy the gorgeous scenery.
  • Have fun!!
  • Our group has agreed to not set a finish time goal.  It’s all about the adventure with friends!

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Are you racing or running long this weekend?  Share!

Do you take advantage of mid-race drop bags or do you carry everything with you? 

Let’s Catch Up & I Need Some Altitude Advice!

Monday:
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I joined friends for 6 miles and added on 3 more solo miles.  I love following @runfoxxirun on Instagram.  Her handstands and cartwheels always make me smile, so these were dedicated to her!

I got a chance to wear my new We Run Social shirt…love it!  Of course I had to include a peace sign for the @pavementrunner!
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We grilled our romaine salad
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and the squash and zucchini from Dave’s garden!! (I’ll post recipes next week.)
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Tuesday:
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Track Tuesday workout:
4.5 mile warmup
5 x 1200m (400m recovery jog)

I skipped the cool down to take Charlotte to the vet.  (Just a little update: We met with a neurologist and she goes back for an MRI next week.  Thank you SO much for all of your sweet words and prayers.)

I made the yummiest Watermelon Chia Chiller…recipe HERE!
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I was out running errands and had to make a deposit at the bank.  I will forever be loyal to my bank because they give out warm cookies!!!!  (It’s completely normal to make financial decisions based on cookies.)
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I worked on my blog from my front porch swing…not a bad “office!”  Yes, it’s 100 degrees outside, but it’s too cold inside because the A/C is constantly running.  (First world problem.)
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For Taco Tuesday…
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we had Chipotle for dinner.
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For dessert, I made a cup of hot chocolate in my new Just Love Coffee mug.  I am loving our new coffee shop!!
Side note: Every time I buy a new mug Jason gives me a hard time.  I hate clutter but I might have developed a mug hoarding problem.
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Wednesday:

I met up with Kate, Jenn, and Corrie for a run through Percy Warner Park.  Ollie, Kate’s pup, joined us, too!!!
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I stopped by the Juice Bar for a smoothie after our run.
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I always get the same green smoothie, but my friend Gail rave’s about the Cocoa Banana.  I tried it today and it was the bomb.com!!!
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I’m about to leave for Denver to run the North Fork 50…eek!!!  I’ve always struggled with altitude sickness, and this will be my first race at such a high altitude.  Everyone’s advice is to hydrate!  Peach infused water has been my jam!
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You know what else is my jam?   Coconut Aminos.  I’ve been subbing it for soy sauce lately and love it!  Jason had a work dinner, so I had a avocado rolls! It has 65% less sodium and just a hint of sweetness.
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Do you have too many coffee mugs?  

Do you get in a rut of ordering the same smoothie, coffee drink, etc…or do you regularly mix it up?

Any advice/tips for racing at a higher altitude?

#choosejoy

Weekend Wrap-Up

Saturday:
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I met up with friends for our last long run before North Fork next weekend!  We logged a lot of hours in the woods together and I’m so thankful for their company!!!
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I was craving a smoothie after the run.  What do you do when you can’t make up your mind?  Order two smalls…the best of both worlds!
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I had a super fun mail day!  Batch knows my love for coffee and sent me some fun new coffees to try!!!!  They also gave me a discount to share with JCJ readers!  Use code: CHOOSEJOY for 10% off your order at BatchUSA.com.  Thanks Batch!!!
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I also received the biggest box of San Clemente Cookie Dough Co…heaven!!  Use code: JENCHOOSESJOY for 10% off your order at SanClementeCookieDoughCo.com.
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Sunday: Father’s Day and the Summer Solstice

Happy Father’s Day to both of my dads!!
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It was also the first day of Summer and the longest day of the year!
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I hopped on the treadmill for 9 recovery paced miles.
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In an empty gym!!!
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I met Jason for an early breakfast…
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and a hike around Radnor Lake.
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My friend Dave is out of town.  He’s letting me pick his garden while he’s gone.  This was my first time getting to do it and I’m hooked!!!!  I can’t wait to plant my own garden next year.
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Isn’t it beautiful?!!!
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Jason and I had dinner on the Burger Up patio!  It’s hot as hades in TN and I love it!
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I had a big salad, because…CAKE!!
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Sending prayers and love to Charleston.
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Are you a summer lover?  I love the heat and sunshine (except when I’m running)!

Did you do anything special for Father’s Day?

Did you race or long run?  Share!

Do you have a garden?  What are you growing?

#ChooseJoy

Weekend Wrap-Up

Saturday:

This seemed like an appropriate Instagram post as I was heading out to the trails for a 5 hour long run!
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I made sure to lay every thing out the night before.  Pre-run was 1 cup of coffee and half a Picky Bar.  During my run, I ended up drinking around 50oz of water with Cocogo (Discount code: JENCHOOSESJOY (all caps), 3 Gu’s, and half a Picky Bar during my run.  My goal was 100 calories per hour.
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It takes a village!  We picked up and dropped off friends throughout the 5 hour run.  I am so grateful for the awesome company.  It was super hot and humid, but we had a great run and the time flew by.  4,000ft gain!
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After a much needed shower, I put on compression sleeves and drank my favorite Svelte protein shake.
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And had the prettiest bowl of steel cut oats for breakfast…aka lunch because it was so late when we finished running.
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It happened to be National Rose Day!
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We stopped by the wine store and ended up leaving with a case.
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I wanted a sweet treat, so I got a cup of froyo from Sweet Cece’s…piled high with cookie dough.
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I totally understand why folks love their fitness trackers.  It is so much fun to see my numbers before I go to bed at night.  Now that I’m tapering, I won’t see these numbers again for another two weeks.
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Sunday:

I woke up feeling surprisingly good after my long run, so I headed to the gym.  An empty gym is such a luxury!!
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I met Jason for a breakfast of fruit, oatmeal, and coffee (of course)!
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And we hiked at Radnor Lake together.  🙂
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How sweet are these turtles?!
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My shirt du jour pretty much sums it up!
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I am in love with acai bowls and Daily Juice just added one to their menu!
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My version of Sunday meal prep is stocking up on lots of fruit at Whole Foods.
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The latest Batch Box came in the mail and included the cutest summertime cookies…ALMOST too pretty to eat!
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As a fundraiser, our local high school puts a flag in our yard for patriotic holidays.  Sunday was Flag Day in the US…so pretty!
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Peak and Pit of your weekend?  Peak: Having an awesome long run with Corrie and so many wonderful friends! Pit: Post-froyo bellyache.  (I might have to call it FroNo for a while.)

What do you drink or wear to speed up your recovery?  I like tart cherry juice, Svelte, and compression sleeves.  Oh, and lots of foam rolling.

Who watched Orange is the New Black this weekend?  I didn’t get to watch any of it this weekend.  I will remedy that this week.

Did you race or long run this weekend?  Share!!

Happy Monday and #choosejoy!

Scatterbrained

In the last two days, I’ve baked cookies and forgotten to take them and showed up to work a race packet pickup that isn’t until next week.  I’m blaming my ‘fuzzy’ brain on peak training week for North Fork 50.

Thursday:
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I met up with the Brentwood Breakfast Club for a great run through Sylvan Park.
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And we had breakfast on the Star Bagel Cafe patio.  Al (the man with the arrow) finished breakfast with us and found out that his wife had gone into labor.  Don’t worry.  He picked her up, made it to the hospital and now has another beautiful baby girl!!!!!
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I came home and baked a new Biscoff Cloud Cookie recipe to take to the Dirtbag Trail Run and Mixer.  They turned out great!  Of course, I sampled one.  🙂
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I had a surprise flower delivery from Jason.  Aren’t they lovely?!!
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I was so excited for to see everyone at the trail mixer that I forgot my cookies.  😦

BUT, I had a blast and Jason took the cookies to work.
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Thanks to Jared for this great picture!!  Yes, I had a big smile on my face even though they were taking pictures of our backs (blonde moment).
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I came home to find a bunny on my porch!!!!  I was so excited and took like 50 photos.
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Friday:
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I’ve been tired and needed a relaxed morning.  So…Jason and I slept in a little (ok it was till 5:30, but that’s still later than I usually get up), and we had crepes at The Perch!
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Then, I ran 8 easy paced miles at the gym.

I tried a new-to-me fruit…a Cherimoya.  You just slice it in half and spoon it out.  It’s tasted like a pineapple, apple, and custard had a baby.
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How awesome is this shirt from Run On Organic?
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Tomorrow is the longest long run for this training season…a 5 hour trail run.  I made sure to carb-up!!!
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Ultra runners: Do you run for time or distance when you’re training?

What’s the craziest fruit or veggie you’ve eaten?  I really want to try a durian, but I can’t find them in TN!

Do you feel like you have “mushy” brain during peak mileage weeks?

#choosejoy and Happy Weekend!